Tuesday, September 22, 2015

FabricMart Reader Sew Along and a Quick Departure

The FabricMart Fabricista challenge is in full swing! I decided to sew along this week and create something a tiny bit out of the box for me :)

A PR member posted a color blocked version of M6884 earlier this year and it was so pretty! I've thought about it ever since but wasn't sure I could pull it off.

I knew I wanted to use ITY and had a few 'fall' colors on hand. I was going to go with teal, navy and gray but remembered that I made my last V8805 dress with that combo...and I wanted to save my gray jersey for something else. Going through the piles I found this white slubbed knit that I'd used for my M6841 drapey top. I decided that would work!

I made no changes from last time except to shorten the sleeves and lengthen the ties...and then completely screw it all up.

hahaha!

Somehow I put both ties on the same side. I didn't even realize it until the dress was done. And I was confused.

WAIT.

We have to back up a bit more. I serged the side seams and went to put it on and...huh? Whaaaaa?

It is a mock wrap. I hadn't encased the wrapped fronts into the side seam allowance. After unpicking serger stitches I got that straightened out. And then went to put it on and was all confused about the ties. But there was no.way.on.earth. I was unpicking those seams again. The ties are super long and super stretchy and I figured it wouldn't matter much anyway.

I think I need to go back in through the very upper body and nip it in a tiny bit. Last time I sewed 3/8" seams and so I did the same this time, but I've lost a bit of weight and it just looks baggy right below the armpit.

I didn't really like it and just went lazy and used steam a seam lite to hem it. And then went back and topstitched the hems with the teal thread (which pops really beautifully on the navy!) and took quick photos (I thought my deadline for submitting was Tuesday). After looking at the pics it really grew on me! I look forward to wearing this one this fall!

And because I didn't add length, I will probably always wear it with tights because it feels short.


I hope I win the reader prize!!! From the site:

This week's prize pack will be a copy of Successful Serging by Beth Baumgartel, a pack of 400 quilting pins (which are also suitable for garment sewing!), and two Kwik Sew patterns - #3766 and 4081. 



KS4081 kinda has my name written all over it!






And a departure from current sewing plans...

I tend to browse my favorite store sites for inspiration...and cool cardigans! I came across this cropped moto jacket at White House, Black Market. It's only $40 (marked down from $98), so I *could* just buy it...but I have loads of black ponte and a Lekala pattern!


I might keep the Lekala collar because I think that makes it more versatile with different necklines. And initially I thought I might leave off the sleeve zippers because it's a one-piece sleeve and how could they be in the "right" place? Well, the sleeve is very oddly shaped. I think they've accounted for that so maybe I'll baste it in and see how I like it.

20 comments:

  1. I REALLY like this dress al lot! The colors you selected are great! If you didn't put anything in you post, no one would know anything about the ties! (It's you special design!). Good Luck!

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    1. Thank you!!! Exactly! Afterwards I said, Eh...they'll be wrapped all around, no one will know!!

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  2. Your kinda amazing with this sewing stuff... Can you tell your mojo to tell my mojo (because she's lost in mojo-land) to come home please?

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  3. Love the color blocking . You look lovely. Great job even though you had to unpick all the serger thread. :(

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    1. Thank you! It's totally my least favorite thing to do ever!!!

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  4. I really love the color blocking on your dress! I would never have thought to use white for the binding and ties, but it looks great! Such a cool dress.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I was so proud of myself for that choice! Ha!

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  5. I've been wanting to do the color blocking ever since I saw the one on PR. I really like your version, too! Good luck.

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  6. Love that dress on you--that's a great color combination! Is there a place to vote for your "reader" entry, or has that ship already sailed?

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    1. Thanks Michelle! No, I think the judges choose someone to win.

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  7. Absolutely love the colors on this!

    I need to get a new M6884. I cut it too small the first time.

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  8. Wow! This turned out great!!! Love the color combo.

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  9. The white binding and waist tie really make this dress pop. Great work and we would never have known the trouble you had with it if you hadn't let on.

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  10. This is awesome!! I love the colorblocking on it. I hope you win!! (is there a place that we can vote for the reader win?)

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  11. That dress is so fly. The only reason I never purchased that pattern is because I thought it was a wrap- I love mock wrap dresses.
    Waiting for next McCall's sale- on my list :)

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  12. I love the colors you used. Best of Luck!

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